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World 11 Jul 2019 | 5:09 PM

Timeline: Iran's recent clashes with the West over Gulf shipping, nuclear plans

(Reuters) - Tensions between Iran and the West have escalated since U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports took full effect in May and British naval forces seized an Iranian supertanker.

World 11 Jul 2019 | 7:56 PM

UK defence minister thanks Royal Navy for upholding international law - Twitter

LONDON (Reuters) - British defence minister Penny Mordaunt said on Thursday the Royal Navy had upheld international law by helping a merchant oil tanker pass through the Strait of Hormuz.

World 11 Jul 2019 | 9:58 PM

UK recommends all British-flagged ships adopt a heightened security state in the Strait of Hormuz - Sky

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has recommended all British-flagged ships go to a heightened state of security in the Strait of Hormuz, Sky News reported on Thursday, citing unnamed maritime industry sources.

World 11 Jul 2019 | 11:00 PM

Saudi Arabia moves to secure Yemen Red Sea ports after UAE drawdown

DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's military in Yemen has moved in to secure two strategic Red Sea ports and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait after its leading ally the United Arab Emirates substantially reduced its presence there, four sources familiar with the matter said.

World 11 Jul 2019 | 11:11 PM

Britain says it fended off Iranian attempt to block oil tanker

LONDON (Reuters) - Three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the strait that controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, Britain said on Thursday.

Nation 12 Jul 2019 | 12:00 AM

Sabah cracks down on fish bombing

KOTA KINABALU: Sixteen illegal immigrants and seven pump boats were detained in a major marine police sweep in Sabah’s eastern Semporna waters to wipe out fish-bombing activities.

World 12 Jul 2019 | 2:12 PM

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA.

World 12 Jul 2019 | 6:34 PM

UK- U.S. talks on building up military presence in Gulf ongoing, says Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Discussions between Britain and the United States on building up their military presence in the Gulf are ongoing, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Friday amid tensions with Iran.

World 12 Jul 2019 | 8:12 PM

Britain replaces warship in Gulf, to maintain continuous presence

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it would deploy the destroyer HMS Duncan warship to the Gulf to replace HMS Montrose, maintaining a continuous presence there during a time of heightened tension in the region.

World 12 Jul 2019 | 11:57 PM

Merchant ships urged to avoid using private armed teams in Mideast Gulf

LONDON (Reuters) - Shipping companies sailing through the Middle East Gulf are being urged to avoid having private armed security guards onboard as the risk of escalation in the region rises, industry associations say.